Ethics 4th Media Monitor (Social Media 4). “Real-world harm”; Regulated goods. Both due Sept. 25 midnight

Ethics 4th Media Monitor (Social Media 4). Preventing “real-world harm”; restricting regulated goods promo. Bonus. Both due Sept. 25 midnight


The 4th Media Monitor (Social Media 4) can be posted here as follows:

     REGULAR POST, choose one of two:

     ONE: Illustrate the standard that prohibits content which encourages participation in high-risk viral challenges without any warning that it is dangerous and should only be executed by a trained professional or trained expert — by using an actual social media post (whether on FB, Twitter, YouTube, IG, tumblr, WordPress, etc) that violates the prohibition (same rules apply on redacting the url, real names, identities, etc.)
The standard is as follows:

     Prohibiting “Coordinating Harm” … “Policy Rationale: In an effort to prevent and disrupt real-world harm, we prohibit people from facilitating or coordinating future activity, criminal or otherwise, that is intended or likely to cause harm to people, businesses, or animals. People can draw attention to harmful activity that they may witness or experience as long as they do not advocate for or coordinate harm.
“DO NOT POST : Content that depicts, promotes, advocates for or encourages participation in a high risk viral challenge, including content with no caption (no warning) or one that expresses a neutral sentiment.

    Or:

      TWO: Illustrate the standard that limits only to adult audience viewership any content promoting alcohol, tobacco, weight-loss products, potentially dangerous cosmetic procedures, by using an actual social media post (whether on FB, Twitter, YouTube, IG, tumblr, WordPress, etc) that violates the restriction (same rules apply on redacting the url, real names, identities, etc.)
The standard is as follows:

       Standard restricting audience of regulated items/ procedures.                   RESTRICTED AUDIENCE: “For the following content, we restrict visibility to adults eighteen years of age and older:

       “Content posted by or promoting a brick and mortar store, legitimate website or brand, which coordinates or promotes the sale or transfer of alcohol or tobacco products off of Facebook’s services. This includes content that (is not restricted to adults or does not contain a warning that the content is for adults only) :

      A.ALCOHOL OR TOBACCO: “Mentions or depicts alcohol or tobacco, and explicitly mentions the product is for sale or trade, or asks the audience to buy, or lists the price or notes product is free or encourages contact about the product either by: explicitly asking to be contacted, or including any type of contact information.

      B.WEIGHT-LOSS PRODUCTS: “Promotes the use or depicts the sale of weight loss products, mentions or depicts a weight loss product or supplement and promotes, encourages, coordinates, or provides instructions for use or explicitly mentioning the product is for donation or sale or trade or delivery or asking the audience to buy or listing the price or giving away the product for free

      C.COSMETIC PROCEDURE: “Promotes the use or depicts the sale of a potentially dangerous cosmetic procedure, mentions or depicts the cosmetic procedure and promotes, encourages, coordinates, or provides instructions for the procedure or explicitly mentioning the procedure is for sale or asking the audience to purchase the procedure or listing the price of the procedure or giving away the procedure for free. “


Extra BONUS (this is not required) : A description (minimum 50 words) of the event or activity you participated in last Thursday 4pm onwards, and what you learned in said activity; with a selfie/ groupfie (if groupfie, please specify where you are in the photo, e.g., third from left, etc).

     The deadline for both is September 25, 2019 at 11:59 pm.

50 thoughts on “Ethics 4th Media Monitor (Social Media 4). “Real-world harm”; Regulated goods. Both due Sept. 25 midnight

  1. Regular Social Media Monitor, Social Media Monitor 4

    On December 1, 2016, a Distributor and Seller [name redacted], posted a Christmas promo on Facebook a 3D instant nose lifter for sale that they claimed could give you a non-surgical nose-lift in 30 seconds. Doctors have warned against the potential danger it could cause to the nose.

    The post gained 24 likes, 116 comments and 3.5k shares. The page has 1,352 likes, 1,430 followers and a page rating of 3.8 out of 5.

  2. Regular Social Media Monitor, Social Media Monitor 4

    Last July 16, 2018, Facebook Page [name redacted] posted a video of a famous dancer, [name redacted], doing the “In My Feelings Challenge” with the caption: “When she wants to pull over 😍😍”

    This caption gave no warning whatsoever about the dangers of doing this challenge, and even framed this dance craze as something that will make people fall in love with and admire you.

    For context, the “In My Feelings Challenge” is a dance craze wherein one dances to the song “In My Feelings” by Drake, starting off with getting out of a still-moving vehicle in the middle of the road, and dancing while following the moving car. It has caused severe injuries (one American teen fractured her skull after attempting the challenge at a roundabout), a robbery, and jail time in some countries.

    The said video currently has 96k+ views, 898 reacts— 697 likes, 150 hearts, 34 wows, 15 hahas, 1 sad, and 1 angry react. It also has 25 comments and 456 shares. The page who posted the video has 1,127,764 likes and has a page rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars.

  3. Regular Social Media Monitor 4, Social Media Monitor 4

    Last April 23, 2017, Facebook user [redacted] shared on her profile about her experience in watching Peppa Pig videos on Youtube with her kid. While watching, she expected the video to be suitable for her kid as Peppa Pig was a show targeted to young audiences but it turned out that the video was a fake episode that had dark themes. One of the screenshots included in her post showed the video’s thumbnail where Peppa had red eyes and held a knife on her bleeding head. She shared that comments under the Peppa Pig fake episode said that the violent and dark themes had kids crying. As of posting date, the fake episodes were already deleted from Youtube.

    The Facebook post received a total of 52k reactions, 2.3k comments, and 462k shares.

  4. 4th REGULAR Media Monitor (1), Social Media Monitor 4

    On July 15, 2018, a famous Facebook user and dancer [name redacted] posted a high-risk viral dance challenge (without a warning caption) [URL redacted] where the Facebook user jumps out a moving car in the middle of the road (with other fast-moving cars) and started dancing. In the comments section, there were people (especially teenagers) who reacted and commented that they want to try the challenge.

    Given that most of the general public are not professional stuntmen or actors in action movies, the famous dance challenge is dangerous where it does not only put the person at risk but also anyone else on the road. There were already existing news and videos of people who got injured, knocked down by a vehicle and even died because of the challenge (example: [URL redacted]) but users still do it and post it on social media.

    The post garnered 38k likes, 25k heart reacts, 1.9k wow reacts, 1.7k laughing reacts, 97 angry reacts. and 48 crying reacts with 7.8k comments, 38k shares, and 4.1 million views.
    The facebook user/page has 1.9 million followers and 1.8 million Facebook page likes.

  5. 4th REGULAR Media Monitor (1), Social Media Monitor 4 (sorry I forgot to log in)

    On July 15, 2018, a famous Facebook user and dancer [name redacted] posted a high-risk viral dance challenge (without a warning caption) [URL redacted] where the Facebook user jumps out a moving car in the middle of the road (with other fast-moving cars) and started dancing. In the comments section, there were people (especially teenagers) who reacted and commented that they want to try the challenge.

    Given that most of the general public are not professional stuntmen or actors in action movies, the famous dance challenge is dangerous where it does not only put the person at risk but also anyone else on the road. There were already existing news and videos of people who got injured, knocked down by a vehicle and even died because of the challenge (example: [URL redacted]) but users still do it and post it on social media.

    The post garnered 38k likes, 25k heart reacts, 1.9k wow reacts, 1.7k laughing reacts, 97 angry reacts. and 48 crying reacts with 7.8k comments, 38k shares, and 4.1 million views.
    The facebook user/page has 1.9 million followers and 1.8 million Facebook page likes.

  6. Regular Social Media Monitor, Social Media Monitor 4

    On January 24, 2018, a Youtube content creator [name redacted], with 1.25K subscribers posted a video [url redacted] on his channel with a caption: “Tide POD CHALLENGE”. In this video, he partakes in the viral challenge of ingesting/biting tide pods. In the video, which is 5 minutes long, he showed/explained how he purchased the tide pods and how he encouraged other people to try it Without mentioning its hazardous effects on the body.

    Because the outside coating of the pods is meant to dissolve, they release their contents into a kid’s mouth very quickly and cause chemical burns and kidney and lung problems.

    On this date, the video has 124, 034 views, 672 thumbs up, and 2.8K thumbs down

  7. 4th BONUS Media Monitor, Social Media Monitor 4

    The event/film is about remembering the activism of students and events that took place inside the UP Diliman campus during the former president Ferdinand Marcos before his declaration of martial law. In the film, the former students of UP Diliman shared their stories about their life and featured the important places in UP during the dictatorship. Those important places served as witnesses to the ongoing protests of the students during the First Quarter Storm and the establishment of the Diliman Commune. The film presented the fearlessness and solidarity of students from different colleges during that time where they all worked together to fight for their rights and protect the campus (some went underground, CMC students wrote journals and articles for updates, engineering/chem students created fake bombs, others were active in protests and strikes).

    I learned that the FQS and Diliman Commune is a symbolism of fighting for a better change for everyone. Moreover, I also learned the similarities and connections between the past and present. If we look back at those important events, the struggle continues and the issues are back in which we need to assert academic freedom, bring back solidarity of UP students and admins with the Filipinos, have collective action, and remind ourselves why we should be aware and not be complacent with the present issues. The film served as a wake-up call for the generation today that we should take a stand, fight, and remember the spirit of resistance and freedom.

    selfie: https://drive.google.com/open?id=10Xq1rKl8Y3llkcPMpBlscWp8x3GdG7KP

  8. 1st Bonus Social Media Monitor, Social Media Monitor 4

    On September 19, 2:30 PM, a performance/musical was held at the AS Lobby as part of the commemoration of the experiences and suffering during the Martial Law Era (ML). The play recreated events during the ML while emphasizing the loss of freedom, democracy and the harassment of the military.

    By attending this event, it made me realize the hardships of the past generation in order to attain and give us the democracy that we now enjoy. As a part of the generation which did not live through the ML years (, it is easy to be brainwashed and to be apathetic to the atrocities that happened. Shows like this, remind us, the youth, to continue the fight for freedom and justice to the victims of the dark years in our history.

    Photos: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1bHlBHO6YBgMMoeAwgc6NaN5T2AhLGaIL/view?usp=sharing and https://drive.google.com/file/d/1CtegwfWqH1mjShE6qzRekn1DO9EDUIuE/view?usp=sharing.

  9. 3rd Regular Media Monitor, Social Media Monitor 4

    On March 30, 2019, a Filipino Facebook user [name redacted] posted a video of himself doing the “eagle dance challenge” of a Filipino personality that trended online. While the challenge is not dangerous in itself, the video posted by the Facebook user imposed high risk. In the video, a man was practicing floating in a pool when another man came in doing the eagle dance challenge by the side of the pool. The man doing the challenge then stepped on the man floating causing him to sink underwater. The man doing the challenge seemingly dismisses the fact that the other man could be drowning by continuing to stare at the camera. At that point, the other man was already submerged and could not be seen anymore. The Facebook user has 4,505 friends and the said post has 2.4M views with 59K reactions, 12K comments and 69K shares.

  10. 2nd Bonus Media Monitor, Social Media Monitor 4

    Media, Martial Law, and Human Rights was a forum at Cine Adarna that talked about the power of media and the harsh realities that an actual victim experienced during the Martial Law. Two guests gave a speech on each of their experiences and a forum was held afterwards. Suicide journalism was what they called writing back then. Learning about the guests’ experiences once again opened my eyes to the dehumanization that happened during those dark years. People were arrested unlawfully, questioned, and tortured. The Marcoses stole not just the country’s money but they also stole the freedom of the people. “Without a free media, any society will become unfree,” was a statement that stood out for me. The voice of the people could not be heard without free media. There will be no way of knowing the truth when media is silenced.
    Photos:

  11. On April 7, 2019, a Filipino Seller [name redacted], posted organic slimming capsules for sale on Facebook. The seller claimed that it converts fats into energy, increases muscle development, and helps brain, heart, and blood circulation. [Name redacted] said that the product is priced at P2980. However, there have been reports that the product is not FDA approved and has no slimming effects whatsoever.

    Currently, the post has 53 likes, 58 comments, and 18 shares.

  12. 4th Regular Social Media Monitor, Social Media Monitor 4

    [posting again because I did not put the header in the previous post]

    On April 7, 2019, a Filipino Seller [name redacted], posted organic slimming capsules for sale on Facebook. The seller claimed that it converts fats into energy, increases muscle development, and helps brain, heart, and blood circulation. [Name redacted] said that the product is priced at P2980. However, there have been reports that the product is not FDA approved and has no slimming effects whatsoever.

    Currently, the post has 53 likes, 58 comments, and 18 shares.

  13. 4th Regular Media Monitor, Social Media Monitor 4

    On September 21, 2019, a Facebook beauty/cosmetic page [name redacted] [url redacted] posted a photo featuring a Filipina who underwent a “Barbie nose surgery”. The ad boasts of the surgery as natural, permanent, and hardly noticeable, but does not go into its more potentially dangerous side effects. Further details of the promo include its reduced pricing (55k from 60k and 40k if modeling for their page) and its short duration (available until the end of the month only), thus explicitly mentioning the procedure is for sale and encouraging more users to avail of it, respectively.

    The post has received 25 reactions, 3 comments, and 2 shares. However, the page itself has 46,000+ followers and posts more than once a day.

  14. Bonus Media Monitor (9/19 activity)

    On September 19, 2019, I attended the premiere screening of “Lakad Gunita sa Pamantasang Hinirang: First Quarter Storm and Diliman Commune”. The film narrates the role of the University in the events leading up to the declaration of martial law through firsthand accounts from several UP personalities and faculty (most of whom were students at the time) and a forthcoming Gawad Plaridel awardee.

    The personalities featured in the documentary were still quite young but they chose to be brave in the midst of intense political and economic turmoil. Each had suffered personal, academic, and other such repercussions in the process — though these did not deter them so much as it encouraged them to fight further. Such is a lesson that still rings true today, especially taking into consideration the current political climate. Attending the documentary screening was invigorating as it made me realize the importance of my role as a student in the University and, more importantly, the responsibility I have (and will continue to have) to my homeland.

    Attached is the link of a groupfie with two other classmates (I am at the leftmost side) and the personalities featured in the documentary: https://imgur.com/a/nPbnFrb

  15. 4th Regular Media Monitor, Social Media Monitor 4

    On September 19, 2019, Facebook user (name redacted, url redacted) listed the item “HEALTHY DIET PILLS” for sale for ₱300 on the Facebook Marketplace. The listing included the description “PampaSexy ng mga Haponesa! Kokando Byurakku Slimming Pink Pills for Anti-Constipation, Healthy Detox & Colon Cleansing that would result to Body’s Natural Weight Loss. (Most Effective Laxative) NO Side effects. Habol na at mag pa RESERVE LAGING sold out 😍😘.”

    The user has 100 Marketplace followers. No other information was listed.

  16. 1st Bonus Media Monitor, Social Media Monitor 4

    Last September 19, 2019, I attended the screening of the documentary “Lakad Gunita sa Pamantasang Hinirang: First Quarter Storm and Diliman Commune” at the UP Film Institute. The documentary depicts the events of the Diliman Commune during the reign of Ferdinand Marcos. It also features interviews of former UP students who lived through the event.

    Before I saw that film, I knew little about the Diliman Commune. I didn’t know the causes or the specific details of the event. I just knew it vaguely from passing references by other people. Through the film, I learned about the significance of the DZUP station as well as the Sampaguita and Kamia dormitories, the dismal conditions in which those in the commune lived, the visceral fear that accompanied the students who prepared the weapons and the barricades, and the heartbreaking reality of a student being killed by a professor from this very university.

    Photo:
    https://drive.google.com/file/d/15DiAfalZhgcTifyxXjGjmdcFl4vvJM9q/view?usp=drivesdk

  17. 4th Regular Social Media Monitor, Social Media Monitor 4

    On September 7, 2019, a Facebook page [redacted] owned by [name redacted] published a video about the cinnamon challenge. The challenge includes ingesting one spoonful of cinnamon. The vlogger chokes and had a difficult time in breathing and ends up semi-puking into a bucket. Doctors have advised not to partake in the challenge for ingesting one spoonful of cinnamon can cause inflammation, damage to the lungs including scarring and collapse.

    The post has currently 3.5 likes and 937 comments. It has been shared 1.2k times and has currently 182k views.

  18. 1st Bonus Media Monitor, Social Media Monitor 4

    On September 19, 2019, “Lakad Gunita sa Pamantasang Hinirang: First Quarter Storm and Diliman Commune” was held at the Film Studio at 5:00 pm. The film was spearheaded by TVUP. There were a few key speakers who introduced the film.

    The film focuses on the role of the students in the First Quarter Storm. Most of the interviews featured in the film are talking heads of those with key roles in the fight for freedom during that time. All of them gave their personal experiences and points of view when the FQS erupted. One narrative that struck was one who was not sold with the idea of activism but ended up going underground because of her/his involvement in the first aid treatment of the activists. It was a nightmare. With recent issues facing the UP Diliman community, I would not want to experience this but it becomes a high possibility. I realize I should be more proactive in this political climate.

    PHOTO:
    I’m the one at the rightmost side of the photo.

  19. On November 24, 2018, a famous international female rapper and singer [name redacted] posted on her Instagram account [username redacted] a video of her promoting a certain weight loss product from [brand redacted]. The weight loss product is said to be for detox and appetite suppressing.

    In the video, the female rapper/singer was wearing only a pair of black underwear saying, “Hey guys, so this is my body four months after giving birth and I know this is more weight than I wanted to lose…. I wanted to thank [redacted name of weight loss brand] for really helping me in the process of losing my baby weight. Every morning or some mornings I would drink [redacted name if weight loss brand] to curb my appetite……”

    In the caption of the video, the female rapper/singer wrote, “The BEST f–ckingggg black friday deal. If you spend you $$$ on ANYTHING it better be [redacted name of weight loss brand]. Thankful to be a #[redacted name of weight loss brand]partner and getting this momma bear bod right!! You need this f–ckin detox. @[redacted username of weight loss brand] is givin yall BUY ONE GET ONE FREE DETOXES code: [redacted name of female rapper/singer]FREE
    #thankyou[redacted name of weight loss brand]”.

    This particular video has 20,326,715 million views as of writing and the female rapper/singer currently has 50.7 million followers and 3,125 following on Instagram.

    This particular video of the female rapper/singer has been called out by another famous female body positivity advocate which spurred Instagram to restrict posts that promote weight loss products.

  20. 4th Regular Media Monitor, Social Media Monitor 4

    On November 24, 2018, a famous international female rapper and singer [name redacted] posted on her Instagram account [username redacted] a video of her promoting a certain weight loss product from [brand redacted]. The weight loss product is said to be for detox and appetite suppressing.

    In the video, the female rapper/singer was wearing only a pair of black underwear saying, “Hey guys, so this is my body four months after giving birth and I know this is more weight than I wanted to lose…. I wanted to thank [redacted name of weight loss brand] for really helping me in the process of losing my baby weight. Every morning or some mornings I would drink [redacted name if weight loss brand] to curb my appetite……”

    In the caption of the video, the female rapper/singer wrote, “The BEST f–ckingggg black friday deal. If you spend you $$$ on ANYTHING it better be [redacted name of weight loss brand]. Thankful to be a #[redacted name of weight loss brand]partner and getting this momma bear bod right!! You need this f–ckin detox. @[redacted username of weight loss brand] is givin yall BUY ONE GET ONE FREE DETOXES code: [redacted name of female rapper/singer]FREE
    #thankyou[redacted name of weight loss brand]”.

    This particular video has 20,326,715 million views as of writing and the female rapper/singer currently has 50.7 million followers and 3,125 following on Instagram.

    This particular video of the female rapper/singer has been called out by another famous female body positivity advocate which spurred Instagram to restrict posts that promote weight loss products.

  21. BONUS Activity for September 19, 2019

    On September 19, 2019, a forum entitled “Sipat sa Komunidad: Ang Lente ng Community Press sa Pagbabalita” was held at the CMC Student Activity Center. The forum had two speakers, Sir Marlon Luistro for the state of community press from a journalist’s perspective and ma’am Diosa Labiste for the community press in the academe.

    The two speakers discussed the roles and importance of media and community press to its community.

    Ma’am Diosa Labiste went on to describe community media as a grassroots media, citizen’s media, alternative media, and even underground media. She said that community media may usually serve a geographic community or a community of interest and that it may offer a critique of the mainstream practices or the dominant practices of media or journalism.
    As for the people involved in the community press, their roles do not only include sharing news but they may also serve as creators of stories and social actors, and intellectuals that may produce meanings or frameworks, as well as the articulators of the needs of the community it serves. Community journalists are sometimes also activists as they amplify the community’s causes and connects them to citizens and institutions, as well as provide alternative viewpoints.

    Picture:

  22. BONUS Media Monitor, Social Media Monitor 4

    Last Thursday, I decided to commemorate Martial Law by watching the musical play held at the AS Lobby from 2:30 pm onwards. The performing group was composed of youth my age, or even younger than me, yet they sang, danced, and acted with so much passion.

    Their play was very entertaining, yet powerful, with their social messages delivered through comedy and art. It revolved around Martial Law, of course, and how the masses suffered under Marcos’ rule, even though the government pretended that everything was alright. During the performance, you could really see the shifts of emotion— from humour, to grief, to sadness, to pain, to indignation, and many more. Everything was also done live, from the vocals to the accompaniment provided by the band. Another thing that made the play so awe-inspiring was the audience participation— the audience sang to “Bayan Ko”, “Tayo’y mga Pinoy”, and many more, ending with a UP rallying cry and “UP Naming Mahal”. Their use of art was very effective, and it was indeed for a purpose. They were able to use it not just to make their play entertaining, but to deliver the message more strongly, in a way that would make you remember the horrors of Martial Law for a long time.

    Overall, I found this play very educational and effective, because it was able to show the dark and abusive truth behind Martial Law while keeping the audience interested and even evoking several emotional responses from them.

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  23. 4th Regular Media Monitor, Social Media Monitor 4

    On January 30, 2019, Twitter personality [name redacted] uploaded a video that started the Boiling Water Challenge / Portal Vortex Challenge. In the video, he carried a boiling cup of water and stepped out of his house and into the freezing temperature. He threw the water into the air, which vaporized, creating a cascade of steam. The man did not include a risk warning in his caption, should the challenge go wrong.

    This scientific experiment led other people to imitate the challenge. However, some suffered from varying degrees of burns, spilling hot water on themselves after a gust of wind blows back. Some have been rushed to the hospital to get treated.

    The video garnered 1.56 millions views, 9,290 retweets, and 26,247 likes as of September 24, 2019. The Twitter user has 12.4K followers.

  24. 1st Bonus Media Monitor, Social Media Monitor 4

    On September 19, 2019, I attended a film screening of Lakad Gunita that was shown at UPFI Film Studio.he The documentary was about the accounts of then-UP students during the First Quarter Storm and the Diliman Commune. I’ve learned how the university was united and each college or institute had their own contribution. Students from the College of Engineering (Melchor Hall) became the watchmen. Chemistry students and faculty concocted their own flame throwers, enough to scare the military helicopters. The Institute of Mass Communication (before it became a college) published their own journals against the government and distributed them around. They also took over DZUP that was formerly located in AS, 2nd floor. Their bravery to defend the rights and fight for the freedom of the masses amidst the political climate, showed how collective action can bring change.

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  25. 1st Bonus Media Monitor, Social Media Monitor 4
    Edit: The previous post had the wrong link to the photo

    On September 19, 2019, I attended a film screening of Lakad Gunita that was shown at UPFI Film Studio.he The documentary was about the accounts of then-UP students during the First Quarter Storm and the Diliman Commune. I’ve learned how the university was united and each college or institute had their own contribution. Students from the College of Engineering (Melchor Hall) became the watchmen. Chemistry students and faculty concocted their own flame throwers, enough to scare the military helicopters. The Institute of Mass Communication (before it became a college) published their own journals against the government and distributed them around. They also took over DZUP that was formerly located in AS, 2nd floor. Their bravery to defend their rights and fight for the freedom of the masses amidst the political climate, showed how collective action can bring change.

    Photo Link:

  26. 4th Regular Media Monitor, Social Media Monitor 4

    On July 22, 2019, a Facebook user [name redacted] posted that she lost weight in just two weeks after intaking a certain diet pill [name redacted].

    As of this writing, the post garnered 128 reactions, 42 comments, and 10 shares.

  27. 4th Regular Media Monitor, Social Media Monitor 4

    In around maybe late 2018 or early 2019, a notorious social media influencer [name redacted] posted a YouTube video of himself partaking in the Bird Box Challenge, which requires participants to complete everyday tasks while blindfolded for a certain amount of time. The video is light-hearted and humorous in nature, almost encouraging others to participate in the challenge as well. The video involves [redacted] driving and even walking along busy streets while blindfolded — something that will definitely put someone at risk for a hospital visit.

    [Name redacted] currently has 19.6 million subscribers on YouTube. The original video has since been deleted by YouTube or the user himself, but others have reuploaded it.

  28. Extra BONUS Activity

    Last Sept. 20, 2019, I went to Cine Adarna to see the film screening of Liway. It is a film centering on Commander Liway and her family, who were political prisoners during the Marcos Regime. Although I have heard over and over again about the atrocities that occurred during Martial Law through various classes and forums over the years, the film helped me picture what it was really like during that era and thus further sympathize with its victims. Through the film, I was exposed to how nonchalant and heartless Marcos and his cronies were with their complete disregard towards human rights. The film showed several instances of such violations: shooting the opposition without the bat of an eye, separating people from their families, holding prisoners at gunpoint because of the slightest of quibbles, and not even letting a mother bid goodbye to her dead son.

    Selfie: https://drive.google.com/file/d/14_L67FFfStUz5s_wV72XnnMVeDi0BXor/view?usp=sharing

  29. On August 15, 2019, an online seller page [name redacted] with 21,141 likes and 22, 698 followers posted a weight-loss capsule for sale with the following claims:

    ✔ Fast work, obvious effect
    ✔ Lose up to 10 kg in a month
    ✔ Suppress appetite, no hunger
    ✔ Won’t destroy the metabolic process
    ✔ Accelerate the burning of fat in the body

    The price and the quantity per order of the product was posted, as well as, the mode of payment, mode of shipping, address of the store, and links to their accounts on several online shopping sites.

    The post has 39 reactions, 5 comments, and 6 shares.

  30. 4th Regular Media Monitor, Social Media Monitor 4

    On September 13, 2018, a Facebook user [name redacted] posted on her profile that she was scammed by a company of hair straightener. She said that the company [name redacted] took her money and never responded on her e-mails. When I searched the company, a website said that it had received many complaints before, saying that they were after the indicated arrival of the product that they bought, the company’s website just “goes completely dark.”

  31. Regular Social Media Monitor, Social Media Monitor 4

    On January 19, 2019, CNN Philippines featured an accident from Utah, wherein a 17-year old crashed his car after driving with a blindfold on. This is due to the then social media trend called “Bird Box Challenge” where a person must do his/her everyday tasks blindfolded. People have come up to this idea because of the immense popularity of the Netfilx film “Bird Box.”

    The police did not further identify the one who got into the accident. They said that no injuries were seen.

  32. On September 19, 2019, we watched a documentary film made by TVUP entitled “Lakad Gunita sa Pamantasang Hinirang: First Quarter Storm and Diliman Commune.” In this film, many student activists from the Martial Law era narrated their struggles and their way of fighting back against the fascist government of Ferdrinand Marcos. They told stories about how the UP community protected the campus during that time – the Mass Communication endlessly played Marcos’ sexual recording, the College of Engineering became a place for lookouts, the College of Science formulated flammable weapons to combat the military. They also featured the struggle of UP’s mass media outlets such as DZUP and Philippine Collegian, and how they resisted the repression of the press.

    I’ve also learned that the battle for true freedom and democracy in the past isn’t all different from what we have in the present time. The speakers further urge the public, especially the youth sector, to at least know the current situation of the country. In a time when even the government continues to implement fascist rulings and unjust practices, the people should be, more than ever, aggressive and militant.

    Link to my selfie: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1KzAC7TNhwhsh1F8I0Y06jHRw9VrGdB87/view?usp=sharing

  33. 1st Bonus Media Monitor, Social Media Monitor 4

    On September 19, 2019, I attended the film screening of “Lakad Gunita sa Pamantasang Hinirang: First Quarter Storm and Diliman Commune”. The film featured narratives of Martial Law veterans during the time of the Diliman Commune—a point in UP history when students, professors, and other members of the UP Community stood their ground against the attempt of the military to enter the university in 1971.

    The veterans featured in the film were students during the onset of the Diliman Commune, but their narratives are that of militancy and unrelenting courage. They highlighted the importance of student activism in the fight against tyranny, and how it once again must play a vital role now that a fascist dictator is in power, and Martial Law in Mindanao has been displacing Indigenous communities, and de facto Martial law is being felt in other areas in the country, such as Negros, where farmers who are demanding for land reform were being gunned down and red-tagged as rebels.

    Attached is the link of a selfie with a classmate during the event [I am the one on the left side]. https://drive.google.com/file/d/13EJpaoieapddciOQ4JEFxhJeqaTxrVYa/view

  34. 1st Bonus Media Monitor, Social Media Monitor 4

    On September 20, I attended the ‘Media, Martial Law, and Human Rights’ forum with journalist Ceres P. Doyo at the Cine Adarna. The forum had two guests who recounted their harsh, life-threatening experiences during the Martial Law era, with detailed descriptions of the corporal punishments and abuses done to them. They also expounded on the ‘suicidal’ state of media back then, how doing your duties as a journalist will literally dig your own grave. State security forces basically had power over the life and death of the civilians, and one could already be punished for being a UP student. In this day and age where the state of the media and journalism is almost likened to that during the dictatorship of Marcos, I was reminded by the forum that it is important to always keep ourselves open and questioning of the information presented to all of us, especially in the advent of social media where the power to create is also at the hands of the masses. The guest also uttered, “Nasa tama tayo.” We should not be afraid of upholding the truth, which is the basic object of any parcel of information — the backbone of journalism and media.

    SELFIE/IMAGES: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1IlnvpHMkBtLMriVbj_egpSr1WPd2W3z5?usp=sharing

  35. 4th Regular Media Monitor, Social Media Monitor 4

    On the 12th of March 2018, Facebook user [name redacted] posted four images of [brand redacted] tobacco he is selling, also encouraging anyone interested in purchasing to personally message his Facebook account and not comment on the post. The post garnered 2 likes, 19 comments, and 1 share.

  36. Regular Media Monitor, Social Media Monitor 4

    On August 14, 2019, a Filipino Twitter user [name redacted] encouraged people to buy cigarettes from him. He specified the brands of cigarettes he was selling, as well as the product prices. He also said that you can light your cigarette for free if you buy from him, “BILI NA KAYO SAMIN AKO PA NAGBEBENTA MAY LIBRE SINDE”.

    Health risks of smoking were not revealed. Everyone, even minors, can see the tweet.

    The tweet has 1 favorite and [name redacted] has 599 followers and follows 957 people.

  37. 1st Bonus Media Monitor, Social Media Monitor 4

    Last September 20, I went to an exhibit entitled “For Democracy and Human Rights: A Public Exhibit” that was spearheaded by an organization called Center for Youth Advocacy and Networking. The exhibit was aimed to raise awareness, especially among the youth, about the violation of human rights and democracy in the context of the Martial Law by presenting several tarpaulins that had important facts regarding the happenings in the Marcos regime. In the exhibit, several statistics about the killings, tortures, and other human rights violations were shown. In one part, different techniques of tortures present at the time were presented such as electric shocks, solitary confinement, and russian roulette.

    I think that exhibits like these are helpful not only to the youth but also those of older generations believing that Marcos’ rule was the prime of Philippines’ history. Remembering the pain and suffering brought by Marcos’ Martial Law is more important now than ever because it is evident that current President Duterte is on his way to the same path Marcos took.

    Attached below is the link to a selfie during the event.
    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1-ExMR1kftschMG–HTojZB66gNmhlXtk/view?usp=sharing

  38. Regular Social Media Monitor, Social Media Monitor 4

    On January 5, 2018, a Facebook page [name redacted] posted a video showing the failures and the harms of doing the “Kylie Jenner Lip” challenge. Kylie Jenner is known for having thick lips. The task of the viral social media challenge is to put one’s lips into a small glass (e.g. shot glass), for a vacuum effect. Many individuals showed the uncomfortable tight feeling of doing the challenge.

    As of September 25, 2019, the post has 637 likes, 629 comments, and 382 shares. It has 173,000+ views.

  39. Bonus Social Media Monitor, Social Media Monitor 4

    Last September 19, 2019, I was able to watch “Danas, Panata sa Paglaya” at the Palma Hall Lobby, UP Diliman, Quezon City. I can be seen on the right side of the photo. This event was held to commemorate the 47th anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law on September 21, 1972. I was able to watch performances recreating and commemorating martial law experiences. The notable performance I got to watch was the one done by Dulaang UP, which was a presentation of the sentiments of UP students during the time. Another performance I witnessed is the reading of Pete Lacaba’s Prometheus Unbound.

    Group photo: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1v8Xnogf-EIKpjtkFmTxYPj7T9eAwusTn/view?usp=sharing

  40. On March 1, 2019, an online news site posted an article about a the trending Momo Challenge that has been trending on facebook and twitter. The said challenge was causing harm to kids, specifically.

    The Momo Challenge has been seen in videos on YouTube, especially on videos posted on YouTube Kids. Most videos start and are entitled normally as the original show and has no warning or disclaimer. In the middle of the video, an image of a creepy woman with bulging eyes appears and talks to the watcher. “Momo” asks the kid to find the sharpest toy that they can find in their house, like a knife in the kitchen, and asks the viewer to slit their wrists with it. She goes on by threatening the viewer that if they don’t do it, she will come and get them at night from their rooms. After this, the video goes back to normal as if nothing has happened.

    This “Momo Challenge” has also been spread on facebook and twitter and has garnered thousands of retweets and likes.

  41. Regular Social Media Monitor, Social Media Monitor 4

    On September 17, 2019, Twitter user [name redacted][url redacted] with 1 following and 28 followers tweeted a Youtube video of himself and his brother doing the Bird Box Challenge. This challenge requires people to blindfold themselves while going to different places or doing different tasks that entail danger since the blindfold prohibits you to see your surroundings.

    In the said video, they were blindfolded while doing different taks in different places of their house. During the part where they were doing the challenge near the stairs, the younger brother suddenly fell down the flight of stairs. It was seen in the last part of the video that the younger brother who fell down was lying on the bottom of the stairs sounding hurt.

    The tweet has not yet gained any comments, like or retweets but on Youtube, the video has 270 views, 11 likes and 4 dislikes.

  42. The film screening of Lakad Gunita held at the UPFI Film Studio last September 19 (5PM) celebrated the UP Day of Remembrance of the huge participation of UP in the fight against the Marcos Government back in the day. It narrated the struggles, abuses and threats the UP students courageously faced and resisted in the name of the country. I also learned that the Sampa and Kamia dorms became significant historical landmarks that served as important hideouts of students/female students who were being hunted by Marcos’s soldiers and people.

    Link to photo: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/19FNHUDmbMD3DeaI_aGKiYkM7k4uXpI4M?usp=sharing

  43. 2nd Bonus Media Monitor, Social Media Monitor 4

    The film screening of Lakad Gunita held at the UPFI Film Studio last September 19 (5PM) celebrated the UP Day of Remembrance of the huge participation of UP in the fight against the Marcos Government back in the day. It narrated the struggles, abuses and threats the UP students courageously faced and resisted in the name of the country. I also learned that the Sampa and Kamia dorms became significant historical landmarks that served as important hideouts of students/female students who were being hunted by Marcos’s soldiers and people.

    Link to photo: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/19FNHUDmbMD3DeaI_aGKiYkM7k4uXpI4M?usp=sharing

  44. 4th Regular Social Media Monitor, Social Media Monitor 4

    On June 24, 2019, a Facebook user [name redacted] [url redacted] shared a post containing pictures of Jesse Mendiola, a famous actress, along with the caption detailing a brandless organic grape juice that they claim helps with weight-loss, better skin, etc. Another Facebook user [name redacted] shared the said post into a marketplace group with the caption “‼️AMAZING SLIMMING JUICE‼️☀️☀️☀️ PAMPAPAYAT ♨️♨️♨️ 🔥 🔥 🔥 COD Available!!! 🔥🔥 🔥 ORDER HERE”, explicitly expressing their sale of such product with no other details.

    The post has since garnered 5 likes and several comments making inquiries about the price of the product.

  45. Regular Media Monitor, Social Media Monitor 4

    On March 19, 2019, Youtuber [name redacted], who has 14.1k subscribers, posted a video of her talking about the eye color surgery she’s had in detail.

    The said surgery, a procedure where silicone implants are placed in the eyes to change one’s eye color, is illegal in a lot of countries, including the US, because it is, according to a lot of experts, dangerous.

    As of writing, the video has 89,031 views, 1.2k likes, and 2.8k dislikes.

    A link to the website of the company that performs the surgery is provided in the information box of the video.

  46. 1st Bonus Media Monitor, Social Media Monitor 4

    On September 19, 2019, I attended the screening of Prof. Grace Alfonso’s film entitled “Lakad Gunita sa Pamantasang Hinirang” at the UPFI film studio. The film is a documentary film that centers on the things that were happening in the University of the Philippines–the Diliman Commune to be exact–before Marco’s declaration of Martial Law in 1972.

    Through the film, I learned more about the Diliman Commune and the people that took part in it. Watching the film made me admire even more those people who stood up against Marcos because through the film I saw how truly selfless and brave those people were. Instead of thinking only about themselves and their safety, they were thinking about what’s good for the country.

    pic: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1romPTN9oqQTv3zF9QlM-jdsvhbPHl-NA

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